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Embellishing Wood: Learn from two masters

Two internationally known woodworkers, Graeme Priddle and Melissa Engler, are coming to BARN for a special three-day workshop in September. Learn more and register.
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Take the first step toward a career in craft

Are you looking for a way to put your creativity to work? BARN is offering two new Certificate of Craft programs in Woodworking and Jewelry-Making beginning this fall. By next summer, you'll have gained a high degree of competency, and you'll have a portfolio of work to show employers or clients. Interested? Learn more here, and come to one of the free information sessions being offered on August 31 and September 12.

BARN Makers:  Grant Shinohara

Spend a few minutes with Grant Shinohara and chances are you’ll learn something. You’ll hear lots of new acronyms like EDC, which stands for Everyday Carry, and refers to gadgets that people carry with them. Those are the kinds of things that Grant invents.

You’ll likely also learn a new word or two. Like autodidact, a term used to describe a person who chooses the subject they will study, their studying material and the studying rhythm and time, often without formal education. That’s what Grant is. And that’s why you’ll often find him at BARN. He has his own individual student membership, and uses it to ramp up his learning curve. Grant often visits the Metal Fabrication shop or the ETA studio during Open Studio times. He comes to learn tips and tricks from people who have been practicing their craft for longer than he’s been alive. Grant turned 18 last month.

“Some of the guys in the machine shop have been in the industry for 40 years or more,” Grant said. “I can go into the shop and talk to Stan (Stumbo) or the people in Jewelry or Wood and learn so much. And they love to see young people working on things. It creates a great feedback loop.”

It was the machine shop team that helped him use the BARN CNC milling machine to make modifications to the smaller CNC machine he has at home. Yes, he has a CNC machining lathe in his family’s garage, along with a 3D printer. He bought them with money he earned walking dogs, prepping houses for sale, and other more typical teenage pursuits.

Since then he’s created his own ecommerce site, His first products are called “ratchets;” small, handheld fidget spinners that have proved to be very popular. Now he’s working on a line of quick-release keychains that function like hi-tech magnetic carabiners. These are handy gadgets that could quickly separate your BARN fob from your keychain. You might see them for sale at this year’s BARN Bazaar. He prototyped them on the 3D printer, and is now looking for a place to outsource production in metal. “I like to invent things and then find someone else to produce them.” And there’s his katana, the traditional Japanese sword he’s holding in the photo. He made two of them with a friend, using traditional materials such as rayskin (as in sea rays) and steel, shaped by modern tools like the CNC machine. He’s also made quad-copter and hexi-copter drones.

So next time you see Grant in the halls of BARN, take some time to talk. He’s on a mission to learn something from everyone he meets. “It’s so important to capture knowledge before it disappears,” he said. “And there’s so much of it here at BARN.”

Photos, clockwise: A collection of items designed and produced by Grant Shinohara, a prototype magnetic quick-release keychain, brass ratchet.

Upcoming BARN classes and events

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All classes are open to anyone age 14 and up, unless otherwise noted. Classes will be held at BARN's facility at 8890 Three Tree Lane NE. This list does not include the many Open Studios, member orientations and safety sessions. Go to the full BARN calendar for dates and times of those events. There are many more classes and open studio times on BARN's calendar, and new classes are added every day. Check in often at the full schedule of upcoming classes and events. There are many more classes on the schedule. See the full list here.

BARN Studios

From Book Arts to Writers, here's a list of the studio groups that are currently part of BARN, plus links to help you get connected. If you want general information about a studio and want to know how to get started, please click on the studio lead's name to send them a message, or visit the BARN website to sign up for an upcoming class or event.

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